That’s the indication gleamed from the latest results of polling commissioned by StPetePolls showing city residents are uncomfortable with the idea of building a new baseball stadium in the Carillon area of north St Petersburg.
Nearly 58% of those polled are opposed to the idea, while 42% said they support it.
Opposition to building the stadium in Carillon runs strongest (I would say surprisingly) among those self-described as 18 to 29 years of age. Sixty-four percent in this cohort oppose the idea.
It’s not clear if this opposition stems from not wanting to build a new stadium or just not wanting to build a new stadium in north St. Pete.
Next Friday, a firm owned by real estate developer Darryl LeClair will unveil plans to build a ballpark in the Carillon business park west of the Howard Frankland Bridge. LeClair owns about 12 acres of vacant land there and has a plan that would incorporate existing parking.
The Rays are under contract to play at Tropicana Field until 2027, but the team says getting a new stadium is vital to its ability to compete economically.
St. Petersburg officials have indicated a receptiveness to letting the Rays explore stadium options in or near the city’s north boundary.
One other tidbits to be gleamed from St. Pete Polls: Bill Foster has 53% approval rating compared to 47.5% who do not approve of his job performance. Foster is fairing better than the City Council, which has only a 44% approval rating.